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5:50 PM ET, July 4, 2022

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Manori Ravindran / Variety:
To cut costs, HBO will cease producing HBO Max originals in the Nordics, Central Europe, the Netherlands, and Turkey and will also remove some HBO Max content  —  As the media conglomerate looks to recalibrate its streaming priorities, it will no longer produce originals in the Nordics …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
NPR ends its 33-year tradition of reading the US Declaration of Independence on July 4, instead discussing the meaning of the phrase “all men are created equal”  —  Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep typically celebrates July 4th with an annual reading of the Declaration of Independence to his loyal listeners on NPR.
Angela Fu / Poynter:
The Aspen Times suffered a staff exodus after its new owner, Ogden, quashed coverage of a defamation lawsuit by billionaire Vladislav Doronin against the outlet  —  Ogden's decision not to cover a billionaire's lawsuit against The Aspen Times has sent the paper — and the town — spiraling
Elizabeth Aubrey / NME:
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash's music returns to Spotify, after it was removed in February in solidarity with Neil Young's Joe Rogan protest  —  Of the news, David Crosby said: “I don't own it now and the people who do are in business to make money”
Discussion: Complete Music Update and Variety
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
A Q&A with Votebeat EIC Chad Lorenz and co-founder and CSO Alison Go on changing from a pop-up to a permanent newsroom, measuring impact, elections, and more  —  “How do you produce journalism that strengthens elections?  That's the question that runs through my mind every day."
Alexandra Topping / The Guardian:
In a reversal, the BBC says it received six complaints against DJ Tim Westwood, including one referred to the police; Westwood is accused of sexual misconduct  —  Corporation reviewing six complaints, raising questions over what it said in public about presenter accused of sexual misconduct
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The JCPA, a US bill that would let news sites negotiate as a bloc with Google and Facebook, poorly addresses the digital ad market's domination by huge players  —  In response to the very real pressures that online news outlets are facing, Congress continues to believe the very flawed Journalism Competition …
Discussion: @eff
Matthew Leimkuehler / The Tennessean:
The Copyright Royalty Board upholds a nearly 44% bump in streaming royalties for songwriters after Spotify, Amazon, Google, and Pandora appealed the ruling  —  Songwriters earned a stalled victory Friday in their ongoing battle for higher streaming royalty pay.
Voice of America:
Turkey's media regulator blocks access to VOA and Deutsche Welle's Turkish-language online content after the outlets declined to apply for licenses as requested  —  The heads of Voice of America and Germany's Deutsche Welle on Friday criticized actions by Turkey's media regulator to block access to their content.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal plans to shut down its Olympic Channel, launched in July 2017 devoted largely to content associated with US Olympic athletes, on September 30, 2022  —  A second NBCUniversal sports cable outlet is getting ready to finish its game.  —  NBCUniversal has notified cable …
Discussion: @tvgrimreaper, MediaPost and The Wrap
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: Stranger Things had 7.2B viewing minutes for May 30-June 5, the highest weekly total for any streaming title since rankings began almost two years ago  —  The Netflix series surpasses 7 billion minutes of viewing time in the United States for the week of May 30-June 5.
 
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